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Canada Updates Travel Restrictions for Fully Vaccinated Tourists

Canada is planning to reopen its border for fully vaccinated travelers during the summer. Recently, Canada updated its border policies as follows:

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Canada Will Not Open Its Border for Unvaccinated Travelers

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently rejected the idea of opening the borders for unvaccinated travelers. Just days after Canada dropped its mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travelers, the speculations for reopening the Canadian border started going around. 

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Canadian Immigration Levels Drop Again for the Fifth Consecutive Month in 2021

New data released by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) revealed that new immigrant landings in Canada declined for the fifth consecutive month after a strong start at the beginning of the year. 

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The PR Pathway for Temporary Workers in Essential Non-Healthcare Occupations Reaches Its Cap

On May 6, 2021, Canada launched 6 new immigration pathways for English-speaking temporary workers in healthcare and other non healthcare essential occupations, the same for those same two groups but who are French-speaking and two for international graduates who spoke French and those who don’t. 

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Canada Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Draws 2021 » My Visa Source

Currently, 9 provinces and 2 territories in Canada are operating an active Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) that provides simple and fast access to obtaining permanent residency for various streams for different foreign nationals. *Nunavut is the newest territory and does not have a PNP and Quebec Immigration is not a part of the PNP.

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Why Foreign Entrepreneurs Should Start a Business in Canada

It is a relatively less known fact that Canada is ranked fourth in the world out of 197 countries for the strength of its startup business ecosystem. Canada is the best place for international entrepreneurs and investors who plan to start or acquire a business. Business Immigration to Canada is relatively simple compared to other developed countries. 

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What to Consider Before Moving to Canada

Thousands of people from all over the world immigrate to Canada every year. Canada is world-renowned for its welcoming and accepting attitude towards immigrants. If you are planning to immigrate to Canada, then you must consider all your options. 

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Canada Releases Plans for an Updated Code of Conduct for Immigration and Citizenship Consultants

In 2019, the government of Canada took steps to increase regulations for individuals and businesses that provide immigration and citizenship consultancy through the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants Acts. This is also known as the College Act. 

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Why Canada Needs More Low-Skilled Workers to Immigrate

According to a policy brief published by the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC), Canada needs to do more to retain its low-skilled temporary foreign workers. 

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Qualify for the Start-Up Visa: How Much Money is Needed?

Are you interested in the Start-Up Visa? Many international entrepreneurs are attracted to the Start-Up Visa Program as it does not have a minimum investment requirement. This program was launched to encourage business immigration of eligible and experienced international entrepreneurs who want to establish their business in Canada. 

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First Nations, Inuit and Métis Now Recognized in Canada’s Oath of Citizenship

Canada considers its Oath of Citizenship as a public declaration of belonging to the country and its community. To better reflect the diversity and history of Canada, the Canadian government is planning to update the Oath of Citizenship through Bill C-8 to include Indigenous Peoples. This is in direct response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Call to Action 94. 

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Canada Increases Its Efforts to Welcome More Refugees in 2021

Building on its image as the most welcoming country in the world, Canada is planning to roll out 3 new initiatives for refugees. According to Canadian Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino, Canada will always keep its door open when others close them. Even during the height of the ongoing pandemic, Canada was still resettling refugees.

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Canada Express Entry Draws 2021 » My Visa Source

The federal Express Entry system manages immigration applications for 3 federal economic immigration programs: 

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Ontario Shifts the Occupations In Demand on the Expression of Interest System

Ontario recently shifted its Occupations In Demand Stream in the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)’s Expression of Interest (EOI) system. Meaning that now applicants can submit their applications for the Occupations In demand subcategory through the EOI system. 

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Nova Scotia Occupations In Demand Adds Heavy Equipment Operators and Labourers

Recently, the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) added heavy equipment operators and laborers to the targeted occupations list for its Occupations In-demand subcategory stream. 

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How Expired COPR Holders Can Still Travel to Canada

The Canadian government recently announced a way for approved permanent residents to travel to Canada even if their Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) has expired. New instructions have been launched by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada to allow expired COPR holders to renew their documents and travel to Canada. 

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Canada Lifts Travel Restrictions for Fully Vaccinated New Immigrants

The Canadian government has finally allowed new permanent residents to travel to Canada after 15 months of border restrictions. These permanent residents will be allowed to immigrate when they arrive in Canada, provided they abide by all the public health measures for international travelers.

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Canada’s Rolling Out Vaccine Certificates for International Travelers

The Canadian government plans to roll out the first phase of vaccine certifications for international travelers in early July. With the travel industry pushing the government to ease the ongoing travel restrictions imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, vaccine certification is the need of the hour. 

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Express Entry Applications Reduced to 60 Days

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently announced that Express Entry applicants will once again have only 60 days to respond to their letter of invitation. To overcome the restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, this period was extended to 90 days in March 2020.

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Why Employers Benefit from Hiring Foreign Workers

As the pandemic has highlighted, immigrants are a much-required boost to ensure that everything runs smoothly even at the time of a calamity. Canada has increased its target for economic immigration for 2021 knowing full well that immigrants will play a particularly important role in helping the economy reach its pre-pandemic levels. 

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Your Canadian Visa Application Was Refused? What to Do Next

If your application is refused by the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), then you receive a refusal letter. However, oftentimes, the refusal letter hardly clears the reasons why your application was refused. According to a special report by the Information Commissioner of Canada, visa applicants are generally unable to gather information about their visa application. This includes applications for both temporary and permanent residence programs, for example, study permits, work permits, visitor visas, and Canadian immigration refusals of applications. 

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For Newcomers: The Cost of Living in Canada in 2021

The pandemic has affected the way Canadians spend their money. As the population retreated inside their homes, the spending on essential goods like groceries increased. Spending on nonessential goods like clothes, gasoline, transportation, etc has fallen, as have their prices. This means, the pandemic also had an impact on the living cost in Canada. 

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Flagpoling to Renew Your Canadian Visa: What You Need to Know

Many immigration programs require applicants to leave Canada and re-enter to adjust their status to immigrate to Canada. However, oftentimes immigrants use a method known as “flagpoling”. Given the travel restrictions due to the ongoing pandemic, there has been a spike in the number of foreign nationals flagpoling. 

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Hotel Quarantine Requirements Lifted for Returning Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents

The Canadian government recently announced its plans to end the mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement for returning citizens and permanent residents, given they are fully vaccinated. 

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Canada Launched 2 New Immigration Pathways for Hong Kong

Canadian Immigration Minister, Marco Mendicino launched two new immigration pathways for HongKongers in Canada on June 8. These new immigration pathways will facilitate immigration of HongKongers who are temporary workers or recent graduates in Canada. These programs are now open to applications. 

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Post-Graduate Work Permits Gets Some Changes

The government of Canada recently announced that it plans to expand and extend the temporary changes made to the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) program. These temporary changes were made to help PGWP holders and potential applicants at the time of the pandemic. 

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BC PNP Tech Pilot Becomes Permanent

British Columbia recently announced that the BC PNP Tech Pilot program will be made permanent, four years after its initial launch. The Tech Pilot program will continue to function as a fast-track immigration pathway for foreign workers and international students. 

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Canada Considering Increasing Visa Caps for the PR Pathways for International Graduates

Given the ongoing pandemic, the Canadian government introduced temporary permanent residence (PR) pathways for temporary foreign workers and international graduates. The PR Pathway for International Graduates with a visa cap of 40,000 applicants was launched on May 6, 2021. As was expected, the visa cap for the temporary PR pathways was met in the first 25 hours. 

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The Impact of Covid-19 on International Students Who Want to Enter Canada

The global pandemic indiscriminately affected both temporary and permanent visa applications for Canada. Therefore, international students were as much affected as temporary workers and immigrants. Many international students with approved study permits had to study remotely due to the pandemic. They were restricted from entering Canada until October 2020, when the border was partially opened for international students with a Covid-19 readiness plan, in addition to a letter of acceptance from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). 

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IRCC Invests in Modernizing the MyAccount Portal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently announced a management action plan to streamline and modernize the access to information and privacy systems, processes and digital infrastructure. This was in response to the thousands of immigrant applicants who have been asking the Canadian government to improve transparency in their immigration system. 

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Canada Updates Travel Restrictions for Fully Vaccinated Tourists

Canada is planning to reopen its border for fully vaccinated travelers during the summer. Recently, Canada updated its border policies as follows:

Canadian Immigration News

Canada Will Not Open Its Border for Unvaccinated Travelers

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently rejected the idea of opening the borders for unvaccinated travelers. Just days after Canada dropped its mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travelers, the speculations for reopening the Canadian border started going around. 

Canadian Immigration News

Canadian Immigration Levels Drop Again for the Fifth Consecutive Month in 2021

New data released by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) revealed that new immigrant landings in Canada declined for the fifth consecutive month after a strong start at the beginning of the year. 

Canadian Immigration News

The PR Pathway for Temporary Workers in Essential Non-Healthcare Occupations Reaches Its Cap

On May 6, 2021, Canada launched 6 new immigration pathways for English-speaking temporary workers in healthcare and other non healthcare essential occupations, the same for those same two groups but who are French-speaking and two for international graduates who spoke French and those who don’t. 

Canadian Immigration News

Canada Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Draws 2021 » My Visa Source

Currently, 9 provinces and 2 territories in Canada are operating an active Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) that provides simple and fast access to obtaining permanent residency for various streams for different foreign nationals. *Nunavut is the newest territory and does not have a PNP and Quebec Immigration is not a part of the PNP.

Canadian Immigration News

Why Foreign Entrepreneurs Should Start a Business in Canada

It is a relatively less known fact that Canada is ranked fourth in the world out of 197 countries for the strength of its startup business ecosystem. Canada is the best place for international entrepreneurs and investors who plan to start or acquire a business. Business Immigration to Canada is relatively simple compared to other developed countries. 

Canadian Immigration News

What to Consider Before Moving to Canada

Thousands of people from all over the world immigrate to Canada every year. Canada is world-renowned for its welcoming and accepting attitude towards immigrants. If you are planning to immigrate to Canada, then you must consider all your options. 

Canadian Immigration News

Canada Releases Plans for an Updated Code of Conduct for Immigration and Citizenship Consultants

In 2019, the government of Canada took steps to increase regulations for individuals and businesses that provide immigration and citizenship consultancy through the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants Acts. This is also known as the College Act. 

Canadian Immigration News

Why Canada Needs More Low-Skilled Workers to Immigrate

According to a policy brief published by the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC), Canada needs to do more to retain its low-skilled temporary foreign workers. 

Canadian Immigration News

Qualify for the Start-Up Visa: How Much Money is Needed?

Are you interested in the Start-Up Visa? Many international entrepreneurs are attracted to the Start-Up Visa Program as it does not have a minimum investment requirement. This program was launched to encourage business immigration of eligible and experienced international entrepreneurs who want to establish their business in Canada. 

Canadian Immigration News

First Nations, Inuit and Métis Now Recognized in Canada’s Oath of Citizenship

Canada considers its Oath of Citizenship as a public declaration of belonging to the country and its community. To better reflect the diversity and history of Canada, the Canadian government is planning to update the Oath of Citizenship through Bill C-8 to include Indigenous Peoples. This is in direct response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Call to Action 94. 

Canadian Immigration News

Canada Increases Its Efforts to Welcome More Refugees in 2021

Building on its image as the most welcoming country in the world, Canada is planning to roll out 3 new initiatives for refugees. According to Canadian Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino, Canada will always keep its door open when others close them. Even during the height of the ongoing pandemic, Canada was still resettling refugees.